Friday, November 24, 2017

Heartfelt Creations November Alumni Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop! Each month, on the last Friday of the month, the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team participates in a Blog Hop! The November Hop starts 8am EST on Friday, November 24th and closes Monday, November 27th at midnight. 

Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave a comment, because one fortunate Blogger will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations! The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook Page on Wednesday, October 6th. The winner should contact Heartfelt Creations at with "Winner of the November Alumni Hop" in the subject line.

This prize draw is closed. The winner of the November hop is from Emily Niehaus's blog and is Ava Gavloski. 

You should be coming to my blog from Amarilys Doria's Blog. After visiting me, head on over to Emily Niehaus' Blog. For a list of the Alumni Blogs, see the end of the post.

I created a mini book for my project this month. I have a little tutorial AND a "show-off" video for you!
This adorable little mini album is 4 1/2" tall and 3 1/2" wide, with a 1 3/16" spine. I love the traditional colors of the Festive Holly Paper Collection, plus I just love cardinals! I also used a bit of paper from the Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection, which is an older collection, but has the same traditional color scheme.    
I created three page sets for this little mini. Each page set has an accordion fold section, a flip page, and a pocket page. It is a lot packed into such a small space! 
The pages are perfect for wallet-sized photos and small notes. 
The pages are also great for showcasing the beautiful images of the collections.

If you want to see every page in the book, please check out the video below.

Here is a little tutorial for making your own mini. This is a very quick-to-make project!
Cut two pieces of heavy-weight chipboard to 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". Cut a piece for the spine to 4 1/2" x 1 1/2". (The spine ended up being a bit too wide, so you could make the spine a bit narrower.)

Cut black cardstock to 6 1/2" x 10 1/2" and attach the chipboard to the center, making sure to have 1/8" of space between each cover and the spine. Angle the corners as shown. Attach double-sided tape to the flaps and secure.
Create a hinge system using the accordion fold method. Cut black cardstock to 4" x 6". Score at 1", 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", 4", 4 1/2", 5". Fold on all score lines in a valley-mountain fold pattern. 
Turn the hinge system over and place adhesive between the 2nd, 5th, and 8th sections, as shown. Adhere the sections together to form the hinges.  
Place adhesive over the back of the hinge system. 
Attach the hinge system to the spine. Place double-sided tape to the front and back of each hinge.
Create three page sets, one for each hinge. Each set will have a pocket, an accordion book, and a flip page.  
Create the pocket pages first, as they will attach to the hinges. Cut three piece of black cardstock  to 4 1/8" x 6 1/4". Score at 3 1/8" on the long side. Fold on the score lines and burnish.
Place double-sided tape at the bottom of the left page. Do not glue closed yet!
Attach the open end of one of the pages to one of the hinges and secure. Then fold the page over the hinge and secure the bottom and the other side, forming a pocket. The pocket will accommodate one of the Graphic 45 ATC tag. Repeat the process with all three hinges. 
Create an accordion fold book for each page. Cut black cardstock to 4 1/8" x 9. Score on the long side at 1/2", 3 1/2", and 6". accordion fold and burnish the folds. Place double-sided adhesive on the 1/2" flap. 
Attach the accordion fold to the first pocket page by the 1/2" flap. Round the corners of the 2 1/2" wide section. 
Repeat for each pocket page/hinge in the mini. You will have three accordion fold sections in total.
Burnish all score lines to make sure the pages fold easily. 
Create three flip pages. Cut black cardstock to 4" x 2 3/4". Score a 1/2" flap at the top of the panel. Round the bottom corners. 
Chose one panel of each page set to add the flip page. Simply adhere to the page by the 1/2" flap. 
Decorate the pages as desired.  
Once you have all of your pages attached to the book, decorate as desired. 
Thanks for hopping by! Hop on over to  Emily Niehaus' Blog next. DON'T FORGET...POST A COMMENT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO HEARTFELT CREATIONS!

November Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop List:

Kathy Clement
Vicki Dutcher
Amarilys Doria
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE!
Emily Niehaus
Deneen Treble
Emilia van den Heuvel
Martine Smith
Sarah Miller
Alissa Wells

Heartfelt Creations Products:

Festive Holly Paper Collection
Sparkling Poinsettia Paper Collection
Eyelet Circle and Basics Small Dies
Circle Basics Large Dies
Luggage and Tags Dies

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth and Silky Midnight
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Christmas Red/Green Plaid
Tags: Graphic 45 (black ATC)
Circle punch: Stampin' Up (1/2")
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Glitter: Ranger Stickles Icicle
Enamel dots: Your Next Stamp White Sugar and Sparkle
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape, Ranger multi medium


  1. Beautiful mini album x

  2. This is such a fantastic little mini, Gloria! I just adore the fold outs and flaps and pockets. Great design and beautiful paper choices, too!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  4. Gosh this album is
    so fun with all the
    pockets and folds!
    Darling idea.
    Carla from Utah

  5. Beautiful and fun album!

  6. Well, I bookmarked your tutorial for making this album... although it'll hafta be some day I wake up extra ambitious! lol! Love all the features and that it started from scratch!!

    1. You will surprised at how EASY this little mini is. Esp. if you keep the embellishments to a minimum. ;)

  7. Love this and will make it once I find my paper in my still to unpack craft room😂😂😂

  8. This is a gorgeous mini and the papers are to die for! 😍
    Kris P

  9. Thank you for the step by step tutorial. It takes inspiration to a whole new level.

  10. Wow! I wish I was this creative! Thank you for the tutorial!

  11. Gloria, the little flip book is wonderful! Thank you for the tutorial.

  12. A lovely flip book with a great tutorial and a video. Awesome!

  13. Stunning my friend! Lovely tutorial as well!

  14. Another marvelous mini album. My list of Gloria Projects just keeps growing! This is delightful - and a perfect hostess gift! Thanks for the terrific, clear and concise tutorial.
    Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

    1. You may have to stop looking at my blog until you get the back-load accomplished! hee hee hee I "never" save ideas for "some day." And by never I mean, constantly. ha ha

  15. This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for the fantastic tutorial!

  16. Loved this. I will have to make one immediately for my friend Robin!

  17. Gloria thanks so much for the extra labour of love to show us how to make the base chipboard spine. That is truly appreciated. Great showcasing if the heartfelt.

    1. You are welcome. It seems to simple to those who make mini albums every day, but to newer makers, it is always good to see the "behind the scenes" construction. ;)

  18. Beautiful Christmas mini album. thanks for the tutorial.

  19. What an awesome gift this would make! This is absolutely one of my fave projects!

  20. Love all the instructions no mistaking how to do this mini album! Thanks going to be adding this one to my to do list!

  21. Love love love the mini you have created. Ugg...another project to had to my to do list.

  22. This is so clever! Love it. And I have to agree with the penchant for cardinals. This is my favorite collection too.

  23. What a wonderful book, thanks so much for the detailed instructions!

  24. this is absolutely gorgeous. going to try to make one myself thank you so much for the instructions

  25. What a wonderful book you made. The papers are so pretty and traditional..

  26. Beautiful! Thank you for the excellent instructions!

  27. Gloria, thanks for the wonderful video and tutorial. Your mini album is stunning! The cardinal paper is beautiful, love the reds and greens.

  28. Beautiful holiday mini album! Love the gorgeous papers you used and all the pretty details! Thanks for the tutorial!